R. (c)rumb v. Amazon

Artist Puts His Foot Down on Amazon [pdf]

Jules Zalon, Crumb’s lawyer, said people who searched the Amazon website for a product that it didn’t carry were shown Crumb’s famous “Keep on Truckin’ ” image — a big-footed man in full stride, leaning sharply backward — with instructions to keep on looking.

When Crumb’s representatives complained to Amazon in 2003, the company promptly removed the image, Zalon said Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed in Seattle last week, seeks unspecified damages. It came after the two parties were unable to agree on how much Amazon should pay for using the image, which over the years has been memorialized, among other places, on the mud flaps of trucks.